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RootBeer 10-30-2010 02:31 AM

New Medical Forms Will Streamline Veterans Claims Process
Just got this and thought I'd share it with the Vets, active duty (you'll be a Vet at some point) and the families of both.


WASHINGTON (Oct. 26, 2010) - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has
released three new disability benefits questionnaires for physicians of
Veterans applying for VA disability compensation benefits. This
initiative marks the beginning of a major reform of the physicians'
guides and automated routines that will streamline the claims process
for injured or ill Veterans.

"This is a major step in the transformation of VA's business processes
that is yielding improvements for Veterans as we move to eliminate the
disability claims backlog by 2015," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Eric K. Shinseki.

These new questionnaires are the first of 79 disability benefits
questionnaires that will guide Veterans' personal physicians, as well
as VA physicians, in the evaluation of the most frequent medical
conditions affecting Veterans.

Accurate and timely medical evaluations are a critical element of VA's
continued commitment to high-quality and prompt decisions about the
nature and degree of conditions afflicting Veterans. Streamlining this
process by directly involving Veterans' treating physicians in providing
specific information needed to evaluate their claims will lead to
completeness in the examination and faster compensation decisions.

VA's goal is to process all claims in fewer than 125 days with a
decision quality rate no lower than 98 percent, a mark Secretary
Shinseki has mandated by 2015. The physician questionnaire project is
one of more than three dozen initiatives actively underway at VA,
including a major technology modernization that will lead to paperless
claims processing.

The disability benefits questionnaires are part of VA's automated health
records system which prompts VA physicians conducting disability
examinations to include precise information in a standardized way to
assist claims adjudicators in ensuring

Veterans receive the benefits they deserve as quickly as possible.
These VA examination results are electronically available to claims
adjudicators in VA regional offices.

For Veterans who receive their care from private physicians, VA has
placed the disability benefits questionnaires on its Internet site
( ) with instructions for
to submit examination results on Veterans' behalf.

The first three questionnaires cover B-cell leukemia (such as hairy-cell
leukemia), Parkinson's disease and ischemic heart disease. VA recently
published a final regulation to be implemented Oct. 30 that will
establish the presumption of eligibility to VA disability compensation
benefits for Veterans with one of these three conditions who were
exposed to Agent Orange, a herbicide agent used extensively in Vietnam.

In practical terms, Veterans who served in Vietnam during the war who
have a "presumed" illness do not have to prove an association between
their illnesses and their military service. This "presumption"
establishes eligibility to VA compensation if their condition is
disabling to a compensable level.

For additional information on the VA disability compensation program or
additional presumptive disabilities for Veterans exposed to herbicide
agents, contact VA at 800-827-1000 or visit .

moparornocar72 10-30-2010 04:26 PM

I had to go to the VA last Tuesday to let them look at my shoulder and all and the Doc said he was going through a new process so I wonder if that was it, however he did say it made things go smoother, i was only in his office for an hour and a half and he said previously it has been takin 3 hours so i'm glad it's getting easier. Took awhile to get a mri and x ray and blood work but it is what it is! Thanks for the post Root Beer!

NewMexicoRam 11-02-2010 10:50 PM

Well after all these years I finally decided to apply for compensation and was partially successful. I foolishly went at it by myself without the services of a VSO. My claim for PTSD and depression were denied because I failed to supply all the info needed. Last week I was told my appeal will take 12-18 months!!! I learned the hard way not to go at this alone.

moparornocar72 11-02-2010 11:20 PM

It has takin me since april just to get my foot (or should i say shoulder) in the door so it is going to take awhile but I have found that the more you call and speak with someone they push paperwork through a lot faster. SO JUST STAY AFTER THEM! your only disadvantage was you didnt do it during the first year which makes it harder to gain proof or w/e theyare looking for.

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